Community Post: Best Songs ov 2014

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2014 has been a banner year in heavy metal. Dissonant death metal is on the rise. Black metal, in its multifarious forms, continues to seethe and boil over in the underground. An entire army of technical death metal bands unleashed their widdlies, and more traditional stalwarts stood firm. Amid all the chaos of year-end listmania, you may be facing severe option paralysis. Perhaps you don’t have the time to listen to all of the albums we’ve listed and are in dire need of a few songs to help you decide how to spend your precious, fleeting grains in the hourglass. Well never fear, because I polled the writers and members of our little community, and each of us has presented our single favorite song of 2014. If you have a suggestion for the single best song of 2014, drop it in the comments. Let’s get this done!


W.

Surprisingly, my favorite song of 2014 was nowhere in the domain of skronk. Instead, I found myself over and over returning to “Demon Pact” by Triptykon, an absolute basher from Melana Chasmata. From the opening caveman drums to that droning yet impossibly catchy vocal hook, this song is both mesmerizing and sinister in a genre full of bands attempting to be both and failing miserably. This golgothan bruiser will make your liver quiver and your heart fail.


Papa Joe

“Archie, Marry Me” is perfect retro-pop songwriting, like a lost Phil Spector tune. There isn’t a wasted second here, just 3 minutes and 17 seconds of sunny escape. This song makes me wish I was young and carefree and fun instead of a grumpy metal blogger.


Masterlord

Suicidal Years didn’t make it into my Best of 2014 because they only released two songs this year. Those two songs, however, totally ruled, and “Contemplation of Self-Destruction” most of all. If someone had told me at the beginning of 2014 that my favorite song would come from a random Mexican DSBM band, I would’ve been like, “nah, dude” or “there’s no way you could even possibly know that.” But they would have been right, because this is the most genuinely expressive thing I’ve heard all year. Listen and get all sad.


Guacamole Jim

Having to pick ten albums to make an end of the year list was a daunting task, requiring from me a great deal of soul searching and hard decisions. The criteria for determining my list became all-important, for without self-imposed guidelines my list would have never been narrowed down to just ten. Finally, I arrived at this golden number — ten albums survived their subjection to my rigorous processes, and I felt a sense of deserved accomplishment.
Then W. asked me to pick one song. ONE FUCKING SONG. One song to sum up the year. One song to present to the Toilet as my favourite song, trumping all other songs released this Gregorian calendar cycle. One song to rule them all, one song to bind them. It couldn’t be done! Except… Death Grips released an album this year. Or, to be precise, they released the first half of a double album. One song in particular always stood out for me: “Black Quarterback.” The more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that this was probably my song of the year. While Niggas on the Moon didn’t necessarily have the same commanding presence as a whole as some of the other albums on my top ten list, the track “Black Quarterback” certainly rose above the others as a stand-alone choice. The background music, MC Ride’s sometimes spastic, sometimes gentle flow, the use of Bjork’s vocals, all work together in a mesmerizing display of just what Death Grips was capable of. I hope that Jenny Death comes out soon, but until that time I’ll just enjoy part one of The Powers that B and “Black Quarterback.”


Leif Bearikson

The “Stranger” is just pure, unadulterated OSDM ear sex. Everything about it borders on perfect, from the grooving main riff to wails of agony to the tastiest leads you’ve heard all year. 2014 was a year that saw a lot of OSDM’s heavy hitters release albums, and not a single song on any of those albums comes within arms’ reach of “The Stranger.” Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself and prepare to soak your jimmies.


Deputy Dipshit

Honestly “Tread Lightly,” “The Motherload,” “High Road,” “Chimes at Midnight”… so many great tracks in their own right… BUT… “Asleep in the Deep” stands far out and away from everything else on that album and even their entire catalog. Shit’s entrancing.


Scrimm

Off the top of my head I would go with “Enshrined in the Nethermost Lairs Beneath the Oceans” off that Blood of Kingu album.


Ann Kvlter and Howard Dean

AK: I would say “Serpentskin” by Dead Congregation. Sinister as feck.

HD: A stunner of a track. The crown jewel on an album full of winners. Out of the gate the song blasts and shreds with the fury of a belligerent orchestra before giving way to a twisted, crawling demon of a riff. If one could distill the pure essence of modern death metal into a single tune, it would manifest in the stinging, snarling beast that is Dead Congregation’s “Serpentskin.”


 Nordling Rites ov Karhu

I am forced to go with Earth‘s “From The Zodiacal Light.” I tried to tip with numerous death and black bands (thus the time it took) but I’m moody today. And that’s my jam.


Jack Bauer

My favorite song of the year is something you all probably would never guess. “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain.” Archmotherfuckingspire! This song is just so fuckin chaotic I love it. I FUCKING LOSE MY SHIT EVERY TIME 2:55 HITS HOLY FUCK MAN. This song just makes me so damn hyper you guys.


Stockhausen

It’s no secret that 2014 was a monster year for metal. In addition to all the great music being released, it was also a huge year for my personal tastes, which expanded violently in a short amount of time. If you told me a year ago that in a year my year-end list would have some of the noisy, weird crap that ended up on there, I would have said, “You said ‘year’ a lot of times.” So it seems fitting that when I was thinking about a song of the year, my mind kept going back to “Chaos Magician of the Abyss,” my favorite track off the new Cloak of Altering album. Along with the fantastically over-the-top name, this song rips a gaping hole right in the void itself with mechanical howling, electronic insanity, and a general sense of demented genius. It’s not at all accessible, catchy, or easy to listen to, but holy cow it is fascinating, and I feel it accurately represents my personal taste transformations for the year 2014. Gaze into the abyss, flushers, and watch the chaos magician…do whatever a chaos magician does.


Edward

It’s like our pal Stockhausen told me, “the climactic moment in ‘Balkanized’ has more vile putrescence in it than most metal bands have over their entire careers.” He then proceeded to tell me to get my “weak poser face out of his awesome metal face.” Pyrrhon took an evolutionary leap forward for their 2014 album, The Mother of Virtues. In what is the most well known song from my favorite album of the year (Psalm Zero or Herukrat would likely get the runner up song), Pyrrhon showcase what they do well on The Mother of Virtues on “Balkanized.” From the cryptic drum opening, “Balkanized” travels through unnerving noise rock and angular death metal over the course of its near five minute run. “Balkanized” changes tempo and shifts unpredictably, like the shamble of some drunken Lovecraftian nightmare. Vocalist Doug Moore sounds completely unhinged in his rants and screams here. The track reaches its climax of an inescapable existential crisis and brief moment of clarity when Moore exclaims “it’s not personal” two times before everything goes to hell for the track’s remainder. I know that feeling. Dissonant death metal is not a new phenomenon, but Pyrrhon have exacted it to a science. Based on “Balkanized.” I can only wonder what giant mutative leap forward Pyrrhon will take for their next full length effort.


McNulty

So Manes album Be All End All is some odd combination of The Dust Brothers, Peter Gabriel, and Depeche Mode. Whatever, it’s a superb album but track 7 “Name the Serpent” is my favorite song of 2014… AND OF ALL TIME. No hyperbole here, it’s tied with Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” (a song which can’t be dethroned, at least not for a while). So it starts out with minimal guitar and bass, but some thunderous percussion sticks throughout the tune and keeps it all tied together. Oh yeah, and a creepy spoken word intro being told from the perspective of a woman who is having her head drilled.

After the intro(ish) section leads into the the full song, Tommy Sebastian Halseth’s killer melodic vocals kick in: a strained, emotional performance that’s only improved by his accent. And that guitar riff, not easy to describe… sounds like it’s from the soundtrack to a movie or something. It’s not crunchy or even really metal; it’s reminiscent of 80’s rock. The percussion, guitar riff, and vocals all bob and weave in and around each other in perfect harmony. I’ve listened to this song about 50 times since it was introduced to me and I’m not even close to tiring of it.


Tyree

“The Obelisk Gleam” is massive chunk of horrific-echoing swells, bone chilling drone, dismal atmosphere, suffocating dissonance, and depressive melancholy. The song, while very harsh, is also monumentally captivating in its abysmal weight. The song is dreadfully moving and cries blackened sorrow like nothing I’ve heard all year. The ambient parts of the song created by the monstrous guitars over some of the faster and heavier sections add such an abrasive and horrifying quality to the song and compliment the slower parts that are grotesquely eerie and beautifully mournful, coming off as soft at times. Listen to “The Obelisk Gleam” and be dragged into the dismal depths of solitude.


JAG

Unisonic‘s “Exceptional” for realio. There’s a lot of good songs of various genres to choose from this year. That whole album just stood out for me. Very well written and executed for what it is IMO. Michael Kiske defies all logic by becoming an even better vocalist with age. It was like the perfect power metal album sans the mythology and bereft of cliches. “No hammers were held high during the creation of this album.”


Sarah Lafayette

Accept‘s “Stampede” is my favorite right now.


Randall Thor

This song embodies true spirit, raw fire, and the glorious soul of a mighty warrior set against the dark. Are you man enough to stare directly into the mouth of the dragon as its holy flames wash clean all traces of false from you? THE POWER OF THE DRAGON WILL GUIDE US TO THE “TWILIGHT HORIZON.”


Moshoff

I have to give song of the year to the jam that I’ve played the most when looking to get/stay motivated, and Misery Index‘s “Gallows Humor” has not failed me once. It has it all: punishing grooves, great lyrics, an STD-level catchy chorus, relentless drumming, and a beatdown towards the end that makes sure your bangover will be an especially sore one.


Paris Hilton

“Wings of Feather and Wax” by Killer Be Killed is a nice change of actual songwriting ability.


YourLogicIsFlushed

For me, a Song of the Year will most likely always be from a debut or emerging band because I tend to be optimistic about potential. Many bands flounder on their sophomore releases, but I believe A Sense of Gravity will grow and become a staple of the heavy progressive genre. My choice is “Above the Horizon.”


Hessian Hunter

The verse of this song is built on a polyrhythm; the guitar and bass are in 4/4, and the drummer is playing in 3/4 as she still sings in 4/4. The hypnotic bounce draws me in every time, preparing the way for the massive fuzzed-out “B” section that follows. Sometimes “verse-chorus-verse-chorus” is all you need to write a song of the year. It helps to include some of the hardest-rocking drum fills since the glory days of Muse, of course.


Ok, Toilet Family, what’ve you got? What’s your favorite song this year?

  • Ancient spirits whisper of times, of honour and of pride
    Come stand by my side and we will ride!
    With swords in our hands like thunder in the sky

    Our flame will never die!

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    Guacamole Jim / Glock Jim –

    that brand new Death Grips song from Jenny Death could be a SOTY contender, also.

    • Edward #negrod4eva
    • Glock Jim

      I thought the exact same thing…. but the call for songs of the year had already happened by the time they released it. Though I don’t think it’s a better song than Black Quarterback, it’s probably equally as good. It’s hard to say though – I haven’t had enough time with it.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I need more time with Niggas on the Moon (and a million other albums).

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I just replied to you but it’s awaiting moderation, lol

        • Glock Jim

          hahahahahaha I can see why. Curse you, Death Grips, for making that your album title!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I felt a tiny bit iffy typing it out but it is the proper name.

          • Glock Jim

            Me too.. and it made my top albums list and my top song. I keep having to remind myself that it’s not the same when it comes to art.

      • CT-12

        Definitely love “Black Quarterback” though I think my favorite track from that album has to be “Say Hey Kid”. Though I don’t really care for the chorus, I definitely fucking stay for the weird verses

    • CT-12

      Props on “Balkanized”, easily in my top 3 best songs of the year even though the album never made my list (just bought the album 2 weeks ago, still trying to dig in). “Invisibly Injury” is another serious contender on that album.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Oddly enough, I am not sure “Balkanized” is my favorite song off the album. I think it is certainly the most well known song on the album though which lent to its credit for my pick. Also, it has one of the only decipherable parts of singing on the whole record. Great album.

  • sweetooth0

    Fluisteraars – De Doornen from their album Dromers.

    Haven’t listened to any song this year more than this one. Simply one of the best long form black metal tracks I’ve ever heard. 16 minute long track and the riffs just get better and better as the song goes.

    [bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2198386792 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 track=3853045626]

    • VVorld Peace

      I’m going to check this out.

      • sweetooth0

        Ended up ordering the vinyl. Totally killer stuff.

        Also, the shipping from Germany to Canada was inexplicably cheaper than it would’ve been from US to Canada or even within Canada!

        • VVorld Peace

          Weird.

        • VVorld Peace

          I can dig this. Finally listened to it.

    • sweetooth0

      this embedding thing ain’t working for me:

      http://records.eisenton.de/track/de-doornen

  • GL

    Apparently I missed the memo on submitting a song. Here is mine. SUCK ON MY 6.0L STROKER.

    GL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyI3FL6OzP0#t=1609

    • VVorld Peace

      At least take us out to dinner first.

    • i cannot get into Sky Blue or Z2. recommend me one song off each?

      JJM

      • Universal Flame off of Sky Blue and nothing off of Z2. I do not get the whole Z2 thing. Therefore, I would recommend another song off of Sky blue: The Fallout!

        Powerful songs!

        GL

  • HessianHunter

    It was a really tough choice between Helms Alee and Nothing for me. This song just burrows into your subconcious and forces you to bathe in the blissful agony.

    NOTHING – “Dig” (Official Track): http://youtu.be/H9UIdlXhrBQ

  • Pls like my pick.

    • GL

      not possible.

      GL

      • Die to death!

        • GL

          I will take death by pick scrapes.

          GL

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      If thine pick holds thine helmets redness then I shalt the least play a song with thine pick.

    • Glock Jim

      Pls like my dick. For real. I need the Masterlord™ seal of approval before I start taking it out in public places.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      I pretty much have you on auto pick now…

    • Pls like my comment*

      FTFY

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        hue hue hue

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        My liking of his comment = my liking of his pick.

  • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

    Looking at my last.fm is so strange but, from the last 12 months, my most played track is (by a landslide) this song from ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron (start time is set). Try not to break anything while you go HAM in your office space/living room/car:
    http://youtu.be/1AKFe931a18?t=2m58s

    edit: I donno how many times me and my brother have said to each other, “60, 40, 50, you can get one for 30 if you let me hold yo’ titty” in varying contexts.

    • I accidentally downloaded the edited version of this album on iTunes. It’s hard to get good and rowdy with a million blank vocal lines.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        Yeah, that was a grievous mistake, Joe. I dont think anyone would fault you for DLing the explicit album again now that you have gotten one copy.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I would not fault him for that.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Edited hip hop is about the worst shit, ever.

        There was an edited version of Nas’ album with “Small World” on Spotify, I think that is I Am, and it was terrible.

        • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

          Sadly this is true, Ed. Though some of the “enlightened” or simply clean hip-hop bands are just garbage to begin with.

      • VVorld Peace

        Man, I hate edited hip hop more than most things.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          W I like when you hate stuff. It happens so rarely!

          • VVorld Peace

            I got my first case of hemorrhoids earlier this year. Hated it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            This is trvly awful. Unluckily, it happens to me probably once a year.

          • VVorld Peace

            Nasty! I hope it doesn’t become a regular thing.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I can’t say I have had the displeasure.

          • VVorld Peace

            You’re lucky.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I am 7/16 Irish.

  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    O Father O Satan O Sun! by Behemoth is my song of the year. 🙂
    I also really like “The Saw is the Law” by Whitechapel. If you make it through that song without banging your head then you are not human.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      That’s a good song from a good album.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        The Satanist was my album of the year. Nergal just gets it man, I really look forward to purchasing a copy of his autobiography.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          A lot of people in our community thought The Satanist sounded faux-evil but I really dug the campy theatrics and the music was killer. I see it more as a statement of purpose than asserting evilness.

          • I’m not the biggest Behemoth fan, but I think Evangelion was a better album.

          • Howard Dean

            The Apostasy and Evangelion were pretty good straight up death metal records. I enjoyed both. The Apostasy is probably one of my favorite Behemoth albums.

            The Satanist is really the first time in many albums that Behemoth have been at all “black” or “blackened.” They’ve been essentially a death metal band since Zos Kia Cultus/Demigod. And though I like their early black metal stuff as well as their black/death metal stuff, I didn’t find myself enjoying The Satanist as much as I expected to.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I really dug this album (i like most behemoth albums). That being said, the only way to be truly evil (within the context) is to be athiest =P (edit: there’s a hint for you from earlier ed)

          • “hi i’m nergul and in case u didn’t know this already — i am evil lol. do u believe me? pls do.”

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            The more people (especially in the BM and -blackened genres) drone on and on about being “evil,” the less credence it gives them. Think about how trvly evil some of the non-political/religious atmospheric/folk BMs strike as being way more “oppositional” than someone going “SATAN SATAN SATAN” in the song.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Some of the music about true theistical Satanism is a bit frightening, i.e. Deathspell Omega and others. Not campy in the slightest.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            In my opinion, trve theistical Satanism is no less or more scary than trve theistical Christianity. Yayyyyyy you got me to do it anyway!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            It was not on purpose on my end but I see what you are driving at.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Also, I don’t think that is too controversial a view. Maybe best we don’t get into it though, lol

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Yeah, we’ll call that the tip of the iceberg. Its no joke that @metaphysicalanus:disqus calls me a #militantatheist.

          • Howard Dean

            Indeed. That view is about as controversial as being pro-life.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I’ll leave it alone.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            But when most BM lyrics are not as intellectually constructed or given the necessary though, most fall short of these heights, giving a poor reputation to the well constructed individuals as well.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I think Watain is one of the few “Satanic” BMs out there that does it pretty well. There’s a handful of others.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve never felt any real attraction towards Satanistic lyrics, even when thought out – because I don’t believe we would know Satan as we do if not for major religions, and therefore it always seems like ignorant, religious rant to me. Though as a lover of good lyricism I can appreciate the form of these, like some DsO songs.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I most certainly wasn’t advocating satanic bm lyrics as anything close to good (the opposite really). I usually find the doom/sludge/stoner genres (and atmospheric/folk BM) to have the most compelling lyrics

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I could call some good for aforementioned reason. Overall, I find myself less and less liking metal lyrics in general as those that stand in form are hollow inside, painting pictures of gore or other things as meaningless. And those that carry a meaning or a message are oft poorly constructed or tiresome to read, oft because of preachiness and the artists too great faith in justification of own cause over those of others.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Absolutely. Which is why i’ve mentioned several times the lyrics of bands like Thou (especially), The Atlas Moth, Agalloch, are great exemplars of lyrics (albeit pretentious, maybe) in extreme metal.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I finally listened to Released From Love over the weekend. Good lawd BB. Good gawd mang.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Almost everything Thou has done is impeccable. Heathen no doubt on any discerning lyrics aficionado’s metal lists from this year. And you wanna talk about an incredible band live? C’mon.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Heathen was in the running for mine. I listened to it once and added it to a Spotify playlist for best metal of the year but that kinda fell to the wayside.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            May I suggest rectifying this? I have to admit, even when your playlists look like mine (mostly long-form songs), some Thou can be a little tedious.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Rectifying… which part? The Spotify playlist part? It still exists I just use it to play 2014 metal albums in my car. I just added Misery Index and Giant Squid to it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Rectifying it falling to the wayside. I’ve actually put that Misery Index album #ONBLAST a couple times. Some terrifying hooks.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Well, to be fair I did put up a credible EOTY list for this very site, lol.

            That Misery Index goes pretty hard, there were crazy guitar solos I was not expecting at all and they happened a ton. It was weirdly *flushed* by many members of our group…

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            I would say that 5 or so years ago I would have heralded it as something great. Now I just think its solid output for a band thats been around a while. Nothing new.

          • VVorld Peace

            A curse to those who corrupt these sacred woods
            A curse to those who taste this solemn water

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I haven’t payed attention to Thou’s lyrics before.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            From Free Will (I know this sort of theme is tailor-made for me):
            Useless philosophy, theory, and poetry must be
            heaped upon the cairn. See them consumed in Action–sweet, reckless
            Action. Join our sad tears and dance on the blackened bones of gods.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Hmm. Maybe I’ll give Heathen another spin.

          • JamesGrimm

            e.g.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            touche.

          • Stockhausen

            also, am tuff, cuz look @ evil lol.

            I don’t dislike Behemoth, but it wears on me.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I am not an atheist, but I have friends that are. I respect their views more than I respect those of the far-right-leaning-religious-madness that has overtaken a large cross section of the people here. Also, I don’t think atheists are inherently evil, lol

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            Make sure you read my edit, Ed.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I will refresh now, lol

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I am also not atheist. Most people think I am because of my choice in music. I just like the creativity in metal. The radio pop and the radio rap most people in my city listen to is just boring and sounds uninspired to me.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I like how moody it was.

    • Warheart

      That song is pure genius, great closer for an album.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

      I love that song by Behemoth. I consider it their Freebird because it’s so epic.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        It totally is the Behemoth version of a ballad. I’ve heard that Nergal has a great clean singing voice, so that almost makes me want him to do some sort of clean singing.

  • Was there enough fucks in my description or should I have added more?

  • I’d never heard Manes before but that track is pretty sweet Jimmy.

    • GL

      I liked your track, too. Very catchy!

      GL

    • my on-again-off-again boyfriend @metaphysicalanus:disqus introduced me to them. thanks PJ!

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Check out (you may not enjoy) their incantations as Manii in which they play more of a Bm kinda thingy, until it got so experimental they had to release something under Manes.

    • Stockhausen

      Manes is great. I can’t find a YouTube video of it, but check the song Blanket of Ashes if you’re ok with it being stuck in there forever like a dark, catchy parasite. It’s probably on Bandcamp, which is blocked at my work.

  • Pagliacci is Krampvs

    Easy: The Cavern by Inter Arma. Best song, best album.

    • VVorld Peace

      I finally listened to that on Saturday, Great choice.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Great “song” for sure.

    • Stockhausen

      I like you, sad clown.

  • GL

    @Sarah Lafayette, I really enjoyed Accepts new album. But, Dark Side Of My Heart totally trumps Stampede. Not a bad choice though!

    GL

  • Oscar Aguiar

    Austrian Death Machine – One more rep
    Destiny Potato – Addict

    • Call the Slambulance

      ADM is the titties.

  • Call the Slambulance

    @joethrashnkill:disqus This song is so awesome. Me likey <3

    • I’m glad homey! I was fully expecting jeers of “lifelover” for picking that.

      • Call the Slambulance

        I know we throw that term around quite a bit, but I’m more than happy to be a lifelover. Especially if it means I get to enjoy rad pop music.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          It’s not life I love, it’s all the giveaways that come with it.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            *bewbs

  • Glock Jim

    W., your pick is killer. It’s hulking and brooding in the best way possible.

  • Leif Bearikson

    Deputy, we are now best friends whether you like it or not.

    • <3 Love it, broseph!

      • Pagliacci is Krampvs

        Solid pick. I’d have a hard time deciding whether Asleep in the Deep or Ember City is my favorite song off that album.

        • Ember City is a great one as well, but I feel Asleep in the Deep stands way out. The construction of the vocals in the chorus, how they fit in a swaying layering, is just mesmerizing to me. Everything about that track just makes the world feel alright for those 6+ minutes.

  • Scrimm

    Damn there’s some jams on this thread.

  • Paris Hilton

    Killer Be Killed was my final pick, but it was close between that and this hot lil number!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FT5FowymII

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    This is my song of the year: BEHOLD: EARTHBORN EVOLUTION.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjH8RAJBBu0

    I was listening through the album a bit, until I realised that I was only listening to this song and everything else flew over my head. I liked a lot of the ideas of the album, but those ideas didn’t really come to fruition on the majority of the songs. Except on the title track. 2014 was a great year for Tech-Death, and a lot of interesting things happened in that genre. The albums themselves though were either stuck in the old weedling and deedling or had horrible brickwalling or didn’t know how to write interesting songs. The exceptions were Archspire and this song.

    • yes yes yes this song made my top 10 songs of the year

    • Stan Laurel

      And Bloodshot Dawn.

    • Love love love this song. Good pick.

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      I have that album on my purchase list. Someone give me money so I can change that “purchased” to “owned”. Pretty please with widdlies on top.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    In comes JAG with “It was like the perfect power metal album sans the mythology and bereft of cliches.”

    And the there’s Twilight Force, right fricken after it…

    • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

      Axenstar’s album from this year >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • The knights of twilight’s might will rise again!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp9SDaIdGmg

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        The hell is that “Nameless ghouls of Twilight’s Might” this bunch of awfulness has going on?

        • That’s a group of glorious men bathing in pure, distilled camp.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            *Ugh*

  • what a spectacular variety of musics, everybody! i guess i’ll stick around in 2015…

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I’m happy I contributed to the post that made you stick around McNulty. Cheers to us in 2015.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF8BRvqGCNs

      • don’t ruin it with rihanna, eddie!!!

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I like that song.

          ⌐■_■

      • VVorld Peace

        If you keep posting Rihanna, I’m going to ask you to leave.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Not a Rhi Rhi fan I take it?

          • VVorld Peace

            Not in the least. Her voice is legit like nails on a chalkboard for me. Also, “Ella ella ella eh eh” is about the least creative sequence of sounds I’ve ever heard in pop.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            It doesn’t exactly shine bright like a diamond.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I am usually very anti-Mastadon, but that song is very good. Thanks Deputy.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Actually the first song of OMRTS I like. (Have heard it in it’s entirety once, no more, but I don’t recall)

      • Tread Lightly, give it another listen.. 🙂

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Maybe I will

    • i shall join you in the Sense of Gravity fanclub. i’ll bring some wine & a cheese plate!

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Sweet! I think there are like 4 of us now!

  • everyone gather ’round for a moment… this song isn’t the top song of 2014, but it comes highly recommended by @webb71:disqus, @dario_argento:disqus, and yours truly JJM:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkOfFeBErqA

  • Death

    Dammit McNulty! You didn’t choose the best song on Be All End All!

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I can’t pick just one so…

    Devin Townsend Project: “March of the Poozers”, “Silent Militia”, “Moon”

    Xiu Xiu: “Stupid In the Dark”

    Swans: “Oxygen”

    Mastodon: “Diamond In The Witch House”

    Jerb For a Cowboy: “A Global Shift”

    Destrage: “Hosts, Rifles, & Coke”

    Coffinworm: “A Death Sentence Called Life”

    Boris: “Vanilla”

    Bird Eater: “Never Buried”

    Cult Leader: “Skin Crawler”

    At the Gates: “The Book of Sand”

    Anaan Nathrakh: “Monstrum In Animo”

    Dir en grey: can’t decide between “Tefu Tefu” and “Revelation of Mankind”

    • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

      NO ONE has talked about that dopeshit Dir En Grey album. +2 points to you.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        It’s all I’ve been listening to since last week. Another great album from them.

        • Shit wasn’t even on my radar. I know well who they are but didn’t listen to it. Guess I can go rectify that now.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Cult Leader put out a solid and underrated album imho.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Agreed. I think it’s partially due to their name change. Bird Eater went equally under the radar (Jon Parkin’s other band).

      • I heard they’re putting out a 7 inch and a full length in 2015. That is good news.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          That is excellent news!

    • Stan Laurel

      Some nice picks there. I’m digging Destrage.

    • Dir en grey had new stuff?

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Indeed they do. It’s very good. I guess they don’t have an American label this time, so that’s why unless you actively follow them you probably had no idea this album happened.

  • Warheart

    Taylor Swift – Shake it off….LOL, not really, I just can’t get that fucking song out of my head.

    My favorite song of this year it’s technically from 2013, but it appears in a 2014 release, it’s from A Pregnant Light, “Stars will FAAAAAAAALL !!!!”

    • You. I like you.

      • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

        never trust a man/woman without an avatar.

        how can we be sure he really tay tays?

        • He’s just a rogue account Joe made to make it seem like he’s not alone in his listening habits.

        • Warheart

          I’m just too lazy to search a proper avatar. The shadowed figure it’s enough.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            i stole this and edited it down for you

          • Stockhausen

            If you don’t use this, Warheart, I will be forced to say “Why aren’t you using this, Warheart.”

          • Warheart

            LOL, sure, thanks, I guess a couple of days will be fine.

          • Warheart

            LOL, sure, thanks, I guess a couple of days will be fine, unless I get too lazy to change it again.

          • BLVKKBEVRD THE EPONYMOVS

            let me be the first to say BLAOW BLAOW BLAOW

    • JWG

      I find “Blank Space” to be a lot more of an ear-worm.

      • Warheart

        Thankfully, that’s not my case, the thing with Shake it off it’s that in my last job, people used to hear that song a lot, so I got it like a virus.

  • Stockhausen

    Edward, I’m honored that you quoted me in your blurb. And no hard feelings about my comment on your poser face. Just remember…

    http://youtu.be/cuBPGlfmP7Y?t=3m46s

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Stocky the second quote didn’t even really fit into the write up at but I had to use it, lol

      “dude, nice”.

      • Stockhausen

        Hahaha, well of course. It fits where it must fit, forever and always.

  • Stan Laurel

    It’s a whole lot easier to pick an album of the year than a standout song. While albums have the time and space to ebb and flow, a song of the year needs to be concise and deliberate and represent the best of where a band happens to be at this particular moment in time while giving a hint to the direction that they may be heading.

    My pick has more hooks than a fly fisherman’s tackle box while having just enough complexity to keep reeling me back in for another bite. It’s got it all: solemn acoustic intro, some odd but not too odd time signatures, sing along anthemic chorus, tasty leads, pounding drums and thought provoking lyrics. This pick probably isn’t going to get a lot of love in these grim parts but whatever. It rips.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHh7oHZ_ZhE&spfreload=10

    • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

      Darkest Hour’s latest release is pretty cool! I heard them for the first time at Mayhem and thought they were pretty cool

      • Stan Laurel

        They’ve certainly mellowed out a lot on this last one. Lots of clean singing which is a swear word around here and not to everyones tastes. They write good songs though which is refreshing as a lot of bands these days just want to show off either by being more technical, more brootal, more evil, more cvlt, more, more, more and the song writing has gone by the wayside.

        • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

          I love clean singing. I always tell people on these sites how I love bands like Slipknot and Trivium. But I also love bands like Behemoth, Death, Emperor, etc. I applaude you for posting a song that you liked that others may not like. It takes balls because some people will give you so much shit.

          • Stan Laurel

            I have the skin of a concrete elephant!

    • CT-12

      Even though this isn’t really at all like Darkest Hour, you might dig this if you like a good mix of clean/harsh singing; my album of the year, if that raises the stakes at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u62OCTI3No

      • Stan Laurel

        I can go either way on the singing. I tolerate all vocal styles but try to stay well clear of any cringe inducing sappy stuff (both clean and harsh). As long as it’s done right, it’s all good with me. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Hmm, not encountered Helms Alee before. Immediate and rocking but still weird. Seem to be my cup of tea. Hmmm. This require investigation further will.

  • JWG

    I may still be struggling to identify my Top 10 albums, but favorite song is very very easy to pick:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyV_UG60dD4

    It counts. Style parodies are still technically “new songs”.

  • old_man_doom

    I’m stuck between “The Sea Beyond” — The Atlas Moth or “Sun Riders” — Krokodil. WORSHIP THE RIFF

  • Max

    My favourite song this year is definitely “The Image Faded” from Bloodshot Dawn’s Demons album. I still can’t get over the extended solo section. The goodness just keeps piling on! And the chorus is pretty catchy too.

    Might I add – this is a really good idea for some sort of regular feature; I dunno, maybe “Song of the Month” or something? I find that the more specifically something is praised, the more likely I am to actually give it a chance and listen; and narrowing a band’s merits down to one song, while it mightn’t be a good way to do their catalog justice, is certainly a good way to summarize why you should be paying attention to them. Put it this way, Black Sabbath were capable of a lot more than just “Black Sabbath”, but at the same time, that song tells you everything you need to know about Black Sabbath, doesn’t it?

    So I’ll listen to all of these picks before the day is out.

    • VVorld Peace

      Thanks for the idea, Max. I’ll seek the wisdom of the council.

      • Max

        That’s what I like about this place. I’m always listened to! Especially by El Prezidente!

    • The Imaged Faded made my top 10 songs this year, you ain’t kidding about the solos

      • Max

        And it’s not just the solos themselves. It’s something about the riffs and key-changes underneath that really makes the whole thing into a wild ride. A really well-composed excursion into outright guitar porn.

        I really need to give the whole album some more time, but I still can’t get past this damn song and its damn solo section!

    • Stan Laurel

      There is not one second of shit on the entire album. This album is the year’s best example of how to combine technicality with song writing. There are hardly any excesses. (Ok, there are a few including the solo in this song, but who doesn’t love a good solo?).

  • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

    My personal favourite must be Conan’s Foehammer, but seeing Earth in this thread gives me joy

    • VVorld Peace

      That Conan album slayed with steel.

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    A shame I couldn’t submit in time, but here is my SOTY. Pure hopelessness.

    https://youtu.be/DuVMkJtDx7Q

  • KJM

    Can’t pick just one so I’ll do a few.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sff16qcU9Og

  • KJM
  • KJM
  • Bucket ‘o Blood

    Here’s my SotY. Gotta love rap-metal that isn’t absolute shit. http://youtu.be/sokdL-0iV9s

    • VVorld Peace

      Body Count are hilarious, but I dig.

  • M Shadows!
  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    My song of the year is as follows.

    I love this song. It’s so catchy and it makes me like Powerman 5000 much more than I did before hearing it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug9XflUB0A

    • Jormungandr

      Thank you for sharing this, I have been doing so much wrong. I promise to try to be a better human from now on!

  • My top three most played songs this year were:

    I’ve Been Walking (pt. 1) – Gazpacho
    Sleep Eater – Wovoka
    I Am Decay – Nightfell

    Marrow – Yob is probably my SOTY.

  • Xan

    Fuck, I barely could pick an album of the year, much less a song. If I go by what song I listened to the most (via my media player’s count) it would be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YQW84S39lY

  • I had to consult last.fm because I couldn’t figure it out on my own. The award goes to – The Drip – Lash In, Lash Out because dat breakdown and I hardly give a crap about breakdowns anymore but this one is well placed, well executed and keeps bringing me back.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxjAu2pVwcU&spfreload=10

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Favourite song is probably either Hark – Palendromeda or Machine Head – Now We Die (the meaning of the song, i.e. shedding their skin and starting this new era was an idea that resonated quite well with me, to me it’s easily their best song off the new album).

  • DeadButtDreaming

    Randall Thor has superior taste in relation to the rest of you.